Possibly my current favourite pub in town. Great staff, happy to chat about beer. Big open area was a little sterile, but we sat round the side and it was fairly private, if not actually cosy. Looks like a decent place to watch the 5 nations and Italy matches. Decent selection of real ales, including a couple of my favourite modern traditional brewers. The Burton Bridge here was the beer of the whole trip - causing me to immediately stop crawling/ticking, and to simply go back and have another one. One of my must-visit pubs now, I look forward to my next trip to Oxford.
Aug ’14 rating 62. The quality of beer has dropped in recent times, we tried 4 different beers last night and there was a problem with each of them.
Dec ’11 rating 70. Opened up pub in a quieter area of town, very close to the main shopping centre though. Owned by Everards but leased by White Horse under the William scheme, generally a full range of White Horse beers supplemented by a few guests, generally targeting a brewery or area. The food is fairly plain basic pub grub, but filling enough. Good seating areas although these get filled early on a weekend evening. Friendly and welcoming and a decent amount of banter from the Welsh Landlord. Too much rugger bugger on the t.v’s though, they should show a proper sport.
Large pub in the middle of Oxford city centre. Steadily busy but not overrun. 10 handpumps available. A few from RCH brewery, plus one or two other guests, accompanied White Horse on my visit. Decent if limited selection of bottles from slightly less ubiquitous Continental breweries such as La Trappe. Good enough place.
Last pub on an Oxford Pub Crawl: 23rd Nov 2013. Basic boozer with plenty of space and a good selection of Cask Ales: didn’t notice the keg or bottled choices. Looks more interesting from outside than it is once inside. Long bar on your left as you walk in, one step takes you up to raised seating (benches with tables) on your right: other cosier areas also.
International Rugby match on the TV screen and a good crowd of people enjoying the game. The whole place had a nice vibe and the beers I had were in good condition. A fitting end to a heavy days sight seeing and drinking.
Visited 23/10-2011, on our pubcrawl tour with Loz and Fin.
This pub is a White Horse pub, placed at a corner, traditionel deco, very cosy and friendly staff. Very open and spacy. This pub serves 1/3 pints, which is great if you are on a long day of pubcrawl :-). We had some nice sandwiches for lunch. For sure worth visiting if you are in Oxford..
Ten years ago this wasn’t a pub that I would have considered visiting, but now it’s worth a stop. Lively, urban atmosphere, with an Edwardian patina. Great selection, not only for White Horse but for some interesting other beers. Good service, busy late night scene.
The White Horse brewery tap, with a good range of their own beers and some interesting guests.
The Royal Blenheim is a street corner, arts and crafts style building which feels quite spacious rather than cosy. It has high top tables and banquettes, a raised area in the main bar and a snug little room at the back. The décor is fairly plain – a few prints of horses and rowing, and there’s an oar on the wall from Pembroke College, which is just around the corner.
It was fairly quiet when we visited on a Saturday lunchtime and rather more Cowley than college. There was a family, a few older people sitting alone and a delicate looking elderly gentlemen in dazzlingly bright red trousers who, with his booming voice, reminded me of one of Paul Whitehouse’s characters in the Fast Show (the one who always said “Of course, I was terribly, terribly drunk”).
There are ten hand pumps and six keg taps as well as a selection of c.15 bottles and the beer is served in two-third, half and one third measures as well as pints – always a good idea, in my view. The White Horse beers are listed on a board on one of the two pillars in the main bar.
The menu looked appealing – a mix of modern and traditional dishes. Breakfast is served until 1pm. We didn’t try it but it sounded hearty with local sausages infused with White Horse bitter.
They have free wifi.
(Visited 7 January 2012).
Fin (1151) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | December 10, 2011
Just noticed Glen’s rating and was surprised to see that I hadn’t rated this yet, this rather shocked me as it must be one of the pubs that I most frequent in Oxford. Beer is almost always in very good nick, the landlord Ian is a great character and good fun. Pub is just out of the main hustle and bustle and yet very close to everything. You can get a third of a pint measure serving in this pub. My only real criticism is that the beer range is usually rather safe and rarely includes anything that will excite those of us with an interest in the more happening UK breweries. Definitely worth a visit as it is a warm welcoming pub, actually one other minor criticism, they won’t show football which is fine by me, so why not extend this to not showing anything sport and getting rid of the TV’s.